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Avoiding Mistakes In Your Bathroom Remodel

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Having the stool hidden by other fixtures or in a water closet will make for a clean design and better presentation

While you are designing a bathroom remodel, creating a comfortable and accessible space for your family is normally a priority. But with all of the options available to you with a bathroom remodel, often changes seeming like a good idea on paper may not look as good in the final product.

For this reason, reviewing your bathroom design often before starting your project is significant. It’s significant because in addition to including certain amenities added in your bathroom remodel, avoiding mistakes that will be torture to look at daily over time. Below are a couple of ideas to consider. Continue reading

The Big Kitchen Renovation Questions

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Kitchen renovations start with identifying the changes you value most

Kitchen renovation in Madison WI can take on many forms. The scope of kitchen renovation projects varies from small changes to knocking out walls and actually expanding square footage.

Whether you have lived in your house for many years or have just moved into your home, chances are good that there are changes you would consider making to your home to make it more functional and enjoyable. A kitchen remodel focuses on one of the most used rooms in your home – if not the most used. So, making changes through a kitchen renovation will likely have a big impact on how much you enjoy your home. Continue reading

Bath Remodel Ideas for the Aging In Madison WI

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A universal bath remodel usually features easy to enter showers that can easily accommodate benches, chairs and even wheel chairs

A bath remodel is one of the first changes for aging homeowners to make when making their home more livable.

More seniors are choosing to remain in their homes longer than ever before. More accessibility is a primary need for individuals in this situation. For many, a bath remodel helps people maintain their independence.

The goal with many of the changes in this type of bath remodel focuses on freedom of movement by minimizing the risk of slips or falls. To accomplish this, options including walk-in bathtubs, walk-in showers, balance bars, and targeted lighting are components of the bathroom remodel plan.

Safety and accessibility are high priority for Seniors staying in their homes. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 235,000 people need medical attention bathroom-related injuries on an annual basis. Safety is the most important quality in an accessible bath remodel. Continue reading

Tips To Help Survive A Kitchen Remodel

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A Kitchen Remodel project requires planning so you can maintain your daily routine in Madison WI

A kitchen remodel is an exciting time and stressful all at once.

Exciting because of the new look and feel your kitchen will have. Stressful because the room your entire family uses everyday will be unusable in part or entirely for an extended period of time. Face it, cooking is tough to do when your stove or oven is removed and your sink is unhooked and your preparation areas are missing in action.

We have had some customers leave town on vacation while we have done major parts of a kitchen remodel. But because a typical kitchen remodel can take from four to eight weeks, not everyone can leave town for the duration of the project. And some people don’t feel comfortable leaving their home completely in the hands of a kitchen remodeling crew – which is understandable. Continue reading

Remodeling Made Easier – Cleaner – Safer In Madison WI

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Remodeling using a negative air machine helps protect indoor air quality, workers and family members.

At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, we take pride in creating satisfied customers at all stages during a remodel.

Our commitment is to be sure the entire remodeling process is as easy as possible on the homeowners, who, after all, have to accommodate an entire work crew while a remodel or renovation takes place. What we want to avoid is adding insult to injury by having loads of dust from a project stay in the room we are working on or, worse, have that dust travel throughout the house. That is why we have added a NIKRO mini poly air scrubber. Continue reading

Remodeling Questions Homeowners Ask Themselves

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Remodeling projects can be involved – be sure you ask yourself the right questions in the beginning of the process

You’ve researched your new remodeling project.

You have talked to a number of potential Madison WI remodeling contractors. All of which could do your remodeling project.

And, there is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with knowledge, perspective and you trust him.

However, even with all of the stars beginning to align, you wonder…

  • Can I get the work done cheaper?
  • Am I paying too much?

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Pay Back – Recouping Bathroom Remodel Dollars

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A bathroom remodel will return much but not all of your investment upon resale

Homes are the biggest investment many of us make. So, when it comes to a bathroom remodel, it only stands to reason homeowners think in terms of what return will they get back on dollars invested in their home.

It’s a simple question with any bathroom remodel. However, the right answer can differ greatly depending on your perspective. The value of any bathroom remodel has both objective and subjective measures Continue reading

This Bathroom Renovation Costs Too Much Compared To –

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A remodeling project like a bathroom renovation requires a building permit. Whoever pulls a permit is liable for the welfare of the workers and any injuries in Madison WI

A bathroom renovation, no matter what the size, requires an investment. We sometimes hear a project will ‘cost too much’ and the plans of a homeowner are put on hold for further consideration.

The question we often ask at this time is to what are you comparing the cost of a bathroom renovation project?

Perspective On A Bathroom Renovation Quote

In reviewing a quote for a bathroom renovation, there are a number of things to consider. The first thing to consider is your frame of reference. Be sure you are not limiting great options for your bathroom renovation. Start by asking the following questions – Continue reading

Try Kitchen Renovations Instead Of Moving To Your Next Home

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Kitchen renovations large or small can have an extra “something” with granite added to the kitchen design

Kitchen renovations can make your existing home the dream home you have always imagined.

The options available to you include complete kitchen renovations including new cabinets, floors and windows and more. Or, more modest kitchen renovations in Madison WI can be as simple as adding new granite countertops with appropriate sinks and hardware. Continue reading

Egress Window – Added Safety and Style

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More than one egress window can change your entire basement layout

There is no doubt adding a basement egress window changes the dynamic of any home in which it’s installed.

Usually an egress window is retrofitted in existing homes. Homeowners are creating something from nothing. An egress window, when properly installed, increases livable square footage to the basement area. Options include bedrooms, bathrooms, rec rooms and more. It all becomes square footage Realtors and appraisers count as livable area.

In new construction, builders can create valuable square footage without increasing building expenses at all. Because the window is cut into an existing foundation, no additional building material will be needed to create this useable space. Continue reading

Basement Finishing In Madison WI

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Basement remodeling ideas can include home gyms and many other basement ideas

Basement finishing can add new dimensions to your home. There are many ways to utilize the space in a basement for work and fun.

For most homeowners, basement finishing also offers the economical option for adding to useable square footage. This square footage includes can be used in a multitude of ways. Just consider these basement ideas – Continue reading

Bathroom Remodeling – Livability Tweaking

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Bathroom remodeling is a logical step as you family’s needs grow

Bathroom remodeling is often where a facelift for a home begins.

If you have lived in your home for many years you probably have, or are going through, different usage patterns for every room in your home. It’s a natural progression nearly every family experiences.

In some cases, a different or new home is an answer for new needs – especially when a new location is right for you and your family.

However, when our customers do a bathroom remodeling project, we have found in the course of conversation there are often many considerations motivating an updated bathroom design, such as – Continue reading

2015 Kitchen Remodel & New Home Preferences

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This table illustrates the kitchen amenities homeowners prefer in new homes and kitchen remodel projects.

Kitchen remodel projects and kitchen design in new homes show very specific preferences by homeowners according to a recent survey entitled “The New Home 2015”. The survey was a broad survey to identify general building trends and likely consumer choices. Some of the most relevant findings include:

  • A double sink, recessed lighting, and table space for eating are very likely in a kitchen remodel
  • The average, new single-family home will be smaller and have more green features
  • The living room will either vanish or merge with other spaces in the home
  • The “Great Room” is the likeliest room to be included in the average new home
  • Low-e windows and engineered wood products are the likeliest green features

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Consider Radiant Floor Heating In Your Bathroom Remodel

As the cold north wind begins to blow, a great question to consider with your bathroom remodel project is whether radiant floor heating could be a logical addition.

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Radiant floor heating is a great addition to any bathroom remodel in cold weather areas like Madison WI

Building luxurious comfort into bathroom renovations is a growing trend. In northern climates as in Madison WI, radiant floor heating can be a significant component in any bathroom remodel. Bathroom floors often are cool because of hard-surface finishes. Radiant floor heating helps homeowners endure months of cold weather floors with welcoming warmth on their feet. As an added bonus with your bathroom remodel, radiant floor heating can often heat more efficiently than other types of traditional heating systems. When the entire floor is heated, you can avoid the problem of a layer of cold air near the floor with warm air rising to the ceiling.

Contemporary bathroom remodel trends emphasize transforming these onetime nondescript rooms into relaxing getaways, giving homeowners an escape from a frantically paced world. Bathroom renovations are now, more than ever before, incorporating elements to increase comfort, style and function. Radiant floor heating is a favorite addition to bathroom remodels. Continue reading

Bathroom Renovations – Bathroom Design Ideas From The Bottom Up

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Wood flooring should be at the top of your bathroom design ideas list – it adds warmth and style to your bathroom remodel

Bathroom renovations come in many shapes and sizes. A bathroom remodel can range from a simple update and can be relatively inexpensive to a major project from top to bottom. When doing a larger renovation, flooring is an important element to include with your bathroom design ideas.

One concept to consider when planning bathroom renovations is starting from the bottom up. The flooring you choose can have an impact on the entire room. For example, a tile floor can lead to tile showers and complimentary wall designs which can create a signature room for a homeowner. This is a room a homeowner can enjoy immediately and can benefit from when they put their home up for sale.

Bathroom design ideas can hit high gear when started with a flooring choice. Hardwood or tile floors can set the tone for any bathroom remodel. With tile flooring – colors, textures and sizes all contribute to creating a unique feel. With wood – species, stain color, width of slats are just a few ways to make bathroom renovations distinctive and fresh. Distinctive floor designs unlock bathroom design ideas as they relate to the entire bathroom remodel project. Cabinets, counter tops, showers and the rest are all impacted by a design foundation offered by distinctive flooring. You can make your bathroom room special. Continue reading